4 days tour Moche Route to Chiclayo and Trujillo, daily departures

This 4 days tour Moche Route to Chiclayo and Trujillo is a must for the lovers of history and archeology. Be amazed by great temples, tombs of royalty, museums with great collections and being witness to the most important cultures of ancient Peru.
The most important pre-Inca Northern coast civilizations, the Moche, Lambayeque and Chimu were developed in desert valleys which were transformed into fertile lands thanks to huge civil engineering projects with the aim of building an empire spanning 600 miles along the coastline of modern days Peru. In doing so, these cultures achieved great sophistication skills in ceramic, agriculture, architecture, metallurgy and warfare. This great kingdom was finally conquered by the Incas who absorbed much of the Chimu high culture, including their political organization, irrigation systems and road engineering, into their own imperial organization.

 

Why to choose Culturandes Travel & Adventure for this 4 days tour Moche Route to Chiclayo and Trujillo, daily departures

Are you ready to discover the most renowned pre-Inca civilizations by the hand of our expert staff and knowledgeable local English/Spanish official guides?
We offer you:

  • Reliable and high standard services (certified official local operator)
  • Safe transportation according the highest standards
  • Detailed and personal pre-departure information
  • 24 hours support during your trip
  • Excellent local official English/Spanish guides who will turn out the star of your trip

We are experts in private and customized tours all around Peru, ask our expert travel advisors to upgrade your experience with additional activities and extensions. Contact us.

 

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PRIVATE VS. GROUP SERVICES for this 4 days tour Moche Route to Chiclayo and Trujillo, daily departures

This is a question we must all ask ourselves before planning a trip. The answer depends a lot on the age, the particular interests of each person but above all on the economy of each passenger. Being in a group of 15/20 people with different interests will probably mean that some of them will want to make shopping without stopping on a souvenir market while others with 10 minutes will have enough, and although there is a schedule for each activity there always exist the person who arrives some minutes late running, causing a loss of your precious vacation time, at the end of the day. Besides, the local official guide of the group will guide in both, English/Spanish languages, will has a strict stipulated itinerary and will be available for the 15/20 people at the same time. The main advantage of this service is the affordable price.

On the other side, with the private services you will have a very accommodate driver (if this is the case) who will make the necessary stops where you indicate and for the time you will considerer convenient in each place and a local official guide who will guide in your own language (when possible, if not just in one language, most of the times English) and who will perfectly know your particular interests to make of your trip a very personal experience, without losing time in places that are not of your interest. The main advantage of a private tour is that you use your vacation time more efficiently, learn more about the country and have all the attention of your guide, no doubt a “must” for the demanding client. If you have 5 or more people in the group, we recommend you take the private services as the price gets very close to that of the group services.

We urge you to get in touch with us so we can design your trip to Peru together, probably combining some excursions in private and some in group services. Our team of experienced voyagers knows what it means to plan a trip of a lifetime as well as the investment that implies, therefore, we want everything to go perfect.

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Chimu kingdom , Nature, Wildlife watching, Trujillo, Chiclayo, Peru, Señor Sipan; orfebreria, cerámica, metalurgia, Huaca rajada, Chan Chan.

 


TOUR CATEGORY
  • Archaeological
  • Cultural
  • Nature

LOCATION
  • Chiclayo
  • Huaca Rajada
  • La Libertad
  • Lambayeque
  • Sipan
  • Trujillo
  • Túcume

ACTIVITY LEVEL
  • Easy

DURATION
  • 4 days

WHEN TO GO
  • Year round

TUCUME PYRAMIDS

  • Be amazed by an area that covers over 540 acres and encompassing 26 major pyramids and mounds. The area is referred to as purgatory by local people.

THE LORD OF SIPAN

  • Be amazed with visiting the last resort of the Lord of Sipan, Huaca Rajada
  • Discover the treasures of The Lord of Sipan in the outstanding Royal Tombs Museum

CHAN CHAN

  • Explore, Chan Chan, the capital city of the Chimu Kingdom, the largest pre-Columbian adobe city in America

SUN AND MOON TEMPLES

  • Visit the two huge adobe brick buildings that are more than 700 years older than Chan Chan and are attributed to the Moche period

HUANCHACO

  • Discover this fishermen town that was approved as a World Surfing Reserve by the organization Save The Waves Coalition in 2012

TRUJILLO

  • Get familiar with the one of the most elegant colonial cities of Peru visiting the its top attractions
  • Tour the National University of Trujillo Museum of Archeology, Anthropology and History
  • Learn about pre-Hispanic civilizations

DAY 01 – ARRIVAL TRANSFER – PM TUCUME AND LAS BALSAS

Regular services

Meet our welcome staff at the bus station/airport and transfer to your accommodation.  The flight from Lima to Chiclayo should be in the morning.

About 14:00 you will be picked up from your hotel to head north of Lambayeque direction Tucume, which to the untrained eye might appear at first glance more like a group of highly eroded foothills than what they are, the biggest archaeological opencast complex in the world, in the middle of an arid desert with a beautiful dry forest, with a vast area with more than 200 hectares of crumbling walls, plazas and 26 religious groups.

The pyramids you see today are a composite of structures made by several civilizations. The lower levels belonged to the Sicán, while the next two levels, along with the distinctive surrounding walls, were added by the Chimú

Most of the archaeological excavations at Túcume remain closed to the public. But recently on the southwestern edge of the pyramid valley, researchers have opened Huaca de las Balsas, an amazing excavated site that forms part of a small complex of truncated pyramids that carbon date to around 1100 C.E. Its dramatic mud relief murals reveal a Moche-inspired cosmovision of the inhabitants. The excavated fireplaces, kitchen, food remnants and human and animal remains offer a glimpse into their domestic lifestyle.

Time to get back to Chiclayo city

HOTEL: COSTA DEL SOL WINDHAM CHICLAYO

DAY 02 – AM HUACA RAJADA – LORD OF SIPAN - ON SITE MUSEUM – PM ROYAL TOMBS OF SIPAN MUSEUM – BUS TO TRUJILLO

Regular services

 

HOTEL: COSTA DEL SOL WINDHAM  TRUJILLO

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Take a private trip from Trujillo to Chiclayo instead of using public transportation and be able to stop in San Jose de Moro, El Brujo and Lady of Cao all of them great archaeological complexes.

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DAY 03 – SUN AND MOON TEMPLES – DRAGON – HUANCACHO – CHAN CHAN

Regular services

Breakfast buffet and lunch

Explore Trujillo’s most important archeological sites this one big day trip that includes temples from both the Moche and Chimú cultures.  Start at the Sun and the Moon temples that are two pyramids constructed from millions of handmade adobe bricks by the Moche people between about 200 and 850 AD. Successive generations have added new platforms on top of the existing structure, such that each one grew higher and higher.  Both pyramids played important roles in the life of the Moche culture. The Temple of the Sun was used especially for political and administrative functions, while the Temple of the Moon provided religious and ceremonial functions, where ancient priests used to carry out human sacrifices to please their Gods during the disaster caused by the natural phenomenon, El Nino, which brought floods, tragedy and death to these lands.  Despite the time and the roughness of the desert over hundreds of years, the intricate carvings and reliefs of walls are still remarkably clear and vivid showing bloody rituals and the mighty Moche God, AIA-PAEC.

Enjoy some free time to relax while having a freshly caught seafood lunch in Huanchaco, a cozy fishing village and a paradise for surfers. While eating, you’ll have a great view of the Pacific Ocean and be amazes at the incredible abilities of the coastal fishermen riding their reed rafts called “Caballitos de Totora”.

Your day will continue with the visit of the Arco Iris Temple, also known as Temple of El Dragon or Temple of the Rainbow.  This adobe pyramid temple was a transition between the Moche and Chimu culture and has two platforms that are adorned with zoomorphic and anthropomorphic representations in high reliefs.  The name of the Dragon came from one of these figures, a two-headed creature with uncountable feet, similar to a dragon.

After lunch head to your last stop of the day the former capital of the Chimu Kingdom, Chan Chan, the largest pre-Columbian adobe city in America, declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage site in 1986, that reached its apogee in the 15th century, not long before falling to the Incas.  This amazing archaeological site still expresses truthfully the essence of the monumental urban landscape of the former Chimu capital, where this great culture celebrated its major festivities and sacrifices in a city with high walls, courtyards, gardens, terraces, barns and ceremonial plazas. Marvel at its expansive walled adorned with friezes.

Your day trip ends with hotel drop-off in Trujillo

HOTEL: COSTA DEL SOL WHYNDHAM TRUJILLO

DAY 04 – TRUJILLO CITY TOUR AND UNIVERSITY MUSEUM – TRANSFER OUT

Breakfast

Early transfer to Chiclayo city for a 4-hour drive along the Panamerican Highway.

Visit the last resort of the Lord of Sipan, the Huaca Rajada archeological site, where the remains of the Moche mummy, considered to be as important as that of Tutankhamen in Egypt, was found in 1987.  This Moche Lord was an elite member of the society and perhaps the ruler of the entire Lambayeque Valley. His tomb was found filled with gold, silver, copper, fabric, shells, ceramics, jewelry, knives, food, sacrificed animals along with three warriors, two women, a child, a dog (probably his favorite pet)  and two llamas.

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COMPLETE YOUR TRIP WITH AN EXTENSION TO THE IMPRESSIVE KINGDOM OF THE CHACHAPOYAS, THE TITICACA THE HIGHEST NAVIGABLE LAKE IN THE WORLD, THE MAJESTIC CITY OF CUSCO AND MACHU PICCHU, THE ENIGMATIC AMAZON OR THE MYSTERIOUS NAZCA LINES.

DAY 05 ROYAL TOMBS MUSEUM-TUCUME PYRAMIDS - LIMA

Breakfast

We begin with a one-hour to Tucume for the Valley of the Pyramids, made up of 26 mud-brick pyramids belonging to the Sican culture. Constructed by the Lambayeque, they were conquered by the Chimu and then incorporated into the Incan Empire in 1470.

After exploring the Huaca Rajada archeological site, a visit to the Sipan Museum is a must-see. Perhaps the greatest museum in Peru with an interesting and modern design and three floors of ancient history, the museum housed a replica of the famous Sipan Burial Chamber showing how the Lord was buried with all the gold and silver artifacts, precious stones, jewelry and headdresses that were found in the tomb.

Transfer to the airport for a late flight to Lima.

MAKE IT DIFFERENT! (OPTIONAL)

Ask our experts for an extension to the impressive kingdom of the Chachapoyas, the Titicaca the highest navigable lake in the World , the majestic city of Cusco and Machu Picchu, the enigmatic Amazon or the mysterious Nazca lines.

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